Boris Johnson to face court over Brexit campaign

The bookmakers’ favourite to become the next British Prime Minister must appear in court to face allegations over Brexit campaign lies.

British MP Boris Johnson, the person most likely to replace Theresa May as prime minister when she steps down on June 7, must appear in court to face allegations that he lied to UK citizens about Brexit, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

The court summons came from a judge at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ calling for former foreign secretary to face questioning over allegations that he committed three offences of misconduct while holding public office.

Boris Johnson accused of misleading the British public over Brexit

The allegations made against the ex-London Mayor claim he misled the British public in the build up to the Brexit referendum, where he was a leading member of the Leave campaign.

The British people voted 52%-48% to leave the European Union back in June 2016.

‘During both time periods outlined above, the (proposed) defendant repeatedly lied and misled the British public as to the cost of EU membership, expressly stating, endorsing or inferring that the cost of EU membership was [£350 million] per week,’ the application against Johnson said.

The £350 million figure, which leave campaigners famously had emblazoned on the side of a bus, was a controversial sound bite used to drum up support for Brexit, with pro-EU supporters contesting that it misled the electorate.

‘Having considered all the relevant factors I am satisfied that this is a proper case to issue the summons as requested for the three offences as drafted,’ District Judge Margot Coleman said in her written ruling.

‘This means the proposed defendant will be required to attend this court for a preliminary hearing, and the case will then be sent to the Crown Court for trial,’ she added.

Boris Johnson’s lawyers label court summons a political stunt

Johnson’s lawyers have labelled the court summons a political stunt aimed at regulating the debate around Brexit by those opposed to Britain leaving the EU.

‘The decision to summon Boris Johnson is extraordinary. It is not the role of criminal law to regulate political speech,’ according to an unnamed source cited by the Daily Mail’s deputy political editor.

IGA, may distribute information/research produced by its respective foreign affiliates within the IG Group of companies pursuant to an arrangement under Regulation 32C of the Financial Advisers Regulations. Where the research is distributed in Singapore to a person who is not an Accredited Investor, Expert Investor or an Institutional Investor, IGA accepts legal responsibility for the contents of the report to such persons only to the extent required by law. Singapore recipients should contact IGA at 6390 5118 for matters arising from, or in connection with the information distributed.

The information/research herein is prepared by IG Asia Pte Ltd (IGA) and its foreign affiliated companies (collectively known as the IG Group) and is intended for general circulation only. It does not take into account the specific investment objectives, financial situation, or particular needs of any particular person. You should take into account your specific investment objectives, financial situation, and particular needs before making a commitment to trade, including seeking advice from an independent financial adviser regarding the suitability of the investment, under a separate engagement, as you deem fit.

Please see important Research Disclaimer.

European Central Bank meeting

Learn about how the ECB meeting affects interest rates and price stability ahead of the next announcement on 24 October 2019.

  • How might the next meeting affect the markets?
  • What are the key rate decisions to watch?
  • Why is the Governing Council announcement important for traders?

Live prices on most popular markets

  • Forex
  • Shares
  • Indices
Sell
Buy
Updated
Change
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Sell
Buy
Updated
Change

Prices above are subject to our website terms and agreements. Prices are indicative only. All shares prices are delayed by at least 15 mins.

Sell
Buy
Updated
Change
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
China 300
-
-
-
-

Prices above are subject to our website terms and agreements. Prices are indicative only. All shares prices are delayed by at least 20 mins.

The Momentum Report

Get the week’s momentum report sent directly to your inbox every Monday for FREE. The Week Ahead gives you a full calendar of upcoming key events to monitor in the coming week, as well as commentary and insight from our expert analysts on the major indices to watch.

For more info on how we might use your data, see our privacy notice and access policy and privacy webpage.

You might be interested in…

Find out what charges your trades could incur with our transparent fee structure.

Discover why so many clients choose us, and what makes us a world-leading provider of CFDs.

Stay on top of upcoming market-moving events with our customisable economic calendar.